The province welcome 2.79 million arrivals during January-July. (Photo: VNA)

Thua Thien-Hue (VNA) – The central coastal province of Thua Thien-Hue earned 2.66 trillion VND (114.38 million USD) from tourism in the first seven months of the year, a year-on-year surge of over 32 percent.

During the period, the province welcomed 2.79 million arrivals, including more than 1.15 million foreigners, up 9.35 percent and 41.02 percent respectively.

Accounting for one third of the foreign holiday-makers to Thua Thien-Hue, the Republic of Korea topped the list of the province’s tourist sources. Meanwhile, stable growth was seen in French, British and German markets.

According to Le Huu Minh, Vice Director of the provincial Department of Tourism, Chan May port welcomed 96,300 foreign visitors, most of whom were from China, Spain, Britain, the US, and Canada.

From the outset of the year, the province has organised a string of activities like cultural festivals, art performances, and cuisine festivals to lure more tourists to the locality.

The Hue Monuments Conservation Centre said that the “Hue-One Destination, Five World Heritages” tour continues showing efficiency. The Complex of Hue Monuments, royal court music, woodblocks, the imperial archives of the Nguyen Dynasty, and poetry on Hue royal architectures have drawn great attention from visitors.

Particularly, the art programme “Royal Inspiration” has been held at the Hue imperial city by night since July 1. It has been carried out on the main axis Ngo Mon-Thai Hoa-Duyet Thi Duong. After the change of guards (le doi gac) at Ngo Mon Gate, tourists have chance to explore the splendid light arranged from Ngo Mon to Thai Hoa Palace, then move to Duyet Thi Duong theatre to enjoy the art performance.

Various beach tourism spots also attract a large crowd of visitors, including Lang Co, one of the world’s most beautiful bays, which is heavily invested in terms of urban infrastructure, and tourism services, with six tourism complexes, and 50 hotels and hostels. The number of tourists to Lang Co bay surges 25 percent annually on average after it was named in the list of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club.

Other tourist attractions in the province are Bach Ma National Park, Thanh Toan Bridge, garden houses of Hue, and Tam Giang lagoon.-VNA